Cultural Ministers Council

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Cultural Ministers Council is an intergovernmental organisation for ministers of culture and the arts.

It was established in 1984-85 by the Prime Minister of Australia, Premiers of the Australian states and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. The Australian Capital Territory became a full member in 1990 as a consequence of being granted full self-governance with the passing of Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988.

New Zealand became a full member in 1991 after previously having observer status.

Australian Local Government Association, Norfolk Island and Papua New Guinea currently have observer status.

The council operates under the Broad Protocols and General Principles for the Operation of Ministerial Councils defined by the Council of Australian Governments.

The council has not met since 2011.

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